Fr. Anthony Patrick S. Santianez, a Filipino priest presently serving in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone, first served in Africa as a brother for three years before returning to the Philippines to be ordained. (Photo from Santianez’ Facebook account)
MAKENI, Sierra Leone, Oct. 30, 2014—True to his calling, a Filipino missionary based in Sierra Leone, one of the countries in Africa plagued by the killer Ebola virus, refuses to return to the safety of the Philippines, stressing that a “good shepherd” never leaves his sheep to the wolves.
“I will stay here in Sierra Leone. I am still convinced that this is not a moment to leave this country,” said Fr. Anthony Patrick S. Santianez on the social media site Facebook on Wednesday, Oct. 29.